Oxford Research Group (ORG) and the Palestine Strategy Group (PSG) co-hosted a successful virtual launch of the ‘Palestine 2030’ strategic report on 30 June 2020.

‘Palestine 2030’ is the culmination of a three-year, multi-track project entitled ‘Building Strategic Capacity: Empowering Civil, Political and Emerging Constituencies in Palestine’. The report builds on twelve specially commissioned research papers that explore the Palestinian issue in light of the changing Israeli, regional and international contexts. It provides up-to-date insights and offers options, scenarios and pathways towards a peaceful settlement of the Israel=Palestine conflict. 

The full report and associated compendium is available on the Palestine Strategy Group’s website.

The event began with a presentation on the key findings of the report and a panel discussion with the members of the PSG Secretariat Dr. Husam Zomlot, Mr. Sam Bahour and Dr. Bashir Bashir, It was  moderated by Leila Farsakh, Chair and Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Massachusetts, Boston. The report discerns three strategic pathways, with scope for strategic overlap, which aim to restore the vitality of Palestine as the cause of a people and a nation.

From its outset the project has encouraged and facilitated an inclusive dialogue amongst Palestinian and debate around such strategic pathways. In line with this, the presentation of ‘Palestine 2030’ was followed by an interactive Q&A with the audience which included senior members of the Palestine Liberation Organisation, Members of the Knesset, foreign diplomats, and influential members of civil society both within and outside of Palestine. Crucially, the voices of Palestinian youth, Gazans and major opinion makers were well represented.

There are many contemporary challenges present across all the changing Israeli, regional and international contexts which largely obstruct effective avenues for the realisation of Palestinian freedom and independence and a just resolution to the issue of refugees as defined in UN resolutions. Despite this, the ‘Palestine 2030’ report affirms the upcoming decade to be one of clarity for all stakeholders and engaged parties, with evident hope and opportunity for a positive renewal of Palestine and its people.

The report engages directly with the radical disagreements and on-the-ground realities that underpin the intractability of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It therefore becomes a strategic manual and reference point for politicians, journalists, academics, researchers, civil society, grassroots activists, and regional and international stakeholders.

The project is the most recent phase of ORG’s ongoing work in Palestine and builds upon the successes of the past thirteen years. This has, and continues to, involve nurturing a unique and locally-driven methodology that identifies, analyses and promotes the conditions necessary for realising a peaceful settlement of the Palestine-Israel conflict. It is based upon ORG’s Collective Strategic Thinking methodology which is pioneered by Professor Oliver Ramsbotham, senior advisor to ORG. This methodology underpins ‘Palestine 2030’.

Please note that the strategic report has been produced with the financial assistance of the European Union and the Representative Office of Norway to the Palestinian Authority. It is the sole responsibility of PSG in partnership with ORG, MADAR, PalThink and I’lam and can under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of the European Union and/or the Representative Office of Norway to the Palestinian Authority. The views expressed in this document are those of the PSG and do not necessarily reflect the views of the other partners.